In their penultimate week of discussing Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Inheritance,” in which the Drapers experience a stroke of bad luck; “The Jet Set,” the charming tale of a young German man whose quest is to overcome adversity to see a Bob Dylan concert; and “The Mountain King,” wherein Don meets an old friend out Californee way. Plus, Hamm Watch makes its triumphant return!
Not a boy but not yet a man; it’s something both humanoid mutant turtles and Texans experience. To cover that wide range of experience, Paul and AJ are discussing both the new Michael Bay-produced version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as Richard Linklater’s down-to-earth epic Boyhood. Joining them is Nowheresville director/Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-host Joseph Lewis, who manages to summarize TMNT in the most beautiful way possible. That might be the only beautiful thing in relation to the movie; spoiler alert, but one of these films is a hell of a lot better than the other, and it’s probably the one about growing up without a stable father figure that was filmed over 12 years. Wait, which–which one was that? Plus, things start on a serious note with Ferguson and the passing of Robin Williams.
Next: we continue our year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with a discussion of Vol. VI: Fables and Reflections.
Continuing their discussion of Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Gold Violin,” wherein the Drapers litter; “A Night to Remember,” in which Father Gill makes his singer/songwriter debut; and “Six Month Leave,” wherein Freddy Rumsen pisses himself. No Hamm Watch this month…but just you wait until next week!
This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe are joined by The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny to continue their look at Mad Men season 2. The episodes under discussion are “Three Sundays,” in which Peggy experiences Scorsese levels of Catholic guilt; “The New Girl,” wherein Don has a bit too much to drink; and “Maidenform,” which features a very sad puppy. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Come and get your love, boys and girls: the Guardians of the Galaxy have arrived. Paul and AJ abduct the young, impressionable Kenn Edwards (So Let’s Get to the Pointhost/Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host), leading him on a whirlwind tour of the universe, discussing the finer points of James Gunn’s sci-fi blockbuster. Among those points: whether or not, ten movies in, the film marks progress for Marvel Studios; the unlikely (or perhaps the most likely) breakout characters; and that bitchin’ soundtrack. Plus, AJ goes in for a sleep test and gets back up on his Spider-Ham soapbox.
Next: Joseph Lewis returns for another gathering of the Turtle…uh, Tribe? Is that a thing? Anyway, this time the gang’s discussing the new Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles movie.
After a short break, AJ, Kenn, and Joe have returned to talk more Mad Men. To help them discuss the first three episodes of season 2, the gang is joined by noted Billy Joel enthusiast/Radio Bastard co-host Jason Tabrys. Kenn and Joe aren’t thrilled by these opening episodes, so AJ and Jason attempt to set them straight; much horse-related humor, discussion of Don’s unglamorous aging, and alpha hipsters follows. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it might just be because Thessaly’s pulled it to Earth, wreaking all sorts of havoc on the ground. This Paul and AJ learn in the latest installment of our year-long Four-Color Flashback analyzing Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, this time focusing on Vol. V – A Game of You. Joining the boys again are Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey, who have much insight to offer on Gaiman’s depiction of transgender character Wanda, artist Shawn McManus’ use of the classic nine-panel layout, and, uh, polar bears. Add to this many Wizard of Oz illusions and discussions of identity, and you’ve got something we promise makes sense. Sort of. Plus, the gang riffs on Comic-Con, including the unveiling of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.